Angels on a Plane – Thank you Ran and Yan

I am 100% sure that I would not be getting around China so easily if it wasn’t for the kindness of Chinese people!

The flight from LiJiang to Chengdu was delayed and while staring out in the distance of the waiting room hallway a pretty voice beside me pipes up and says hello…in english..i reply with a hello and before too long I find out that I’m sitting beside two students who are keen to try out their english skills!

So, being Australian, I teach them ‘G’day’, ‘fair dinkum’, and ‘crikey’! And I also picked up a few handy chinese phrases!

Our little chat helped fill in the time while the flight was delayed for about an hour which was much more fun than staring into the waiting room hallway…

When the flight landed in Chengdu I met the girls again on the way out of the airport terminal which was kinda handy as I was hoping for a little local info where to catch an airport transfer bus into the city. They were heading that way too so we all jumped on the bus which was way cheaper than getting  a taxi.

I still hadn’t booked any accommodation at this stage and it was starting to get late, lucky for me Ran and Yan were keen to help out! Apparently they thought I was brave for travelling in a foreign country on my own without being able to speak the language, no…actually… I’m just stupid…

We walked around together and found one nearby hotel that looked reasonable from the outside called my city hotel I think but reception made it clear that they don’t take foreigners. So, why did they bother with the english name? Apparently there is still a lot of hotels like this in China, for a number of reasons including they just don’t have english speaking staff or they cater only domestic residents for the sake of their clients who may not wish to mix with foreigners which is probably the China of old.

Ran and Yan got on  the phone and made a call to ctrip, ctrip is a major accommodation booking service in China, and after about 10 minutes with what sounded like some tough negotiation (I couldn’t understand a word!) a hotel was booked. The girls went way out of their way and took me to the hotel, helped me check in which I am pretty glad they did as I dont think anyone on the desk at this hour spoke english…

After that the girls went on their way, I thanked them, but I really do owe them a big thanks. I can maybe imagine that this was a slightly uncomfortable position for them to be in, imagine it, two young girls checking in a foreign guy to a hotel….

They really went out of their way and it again confirms to me that kindness and compassion is something that is ingrained into genuine Chinese people…